NORMAL — First-year Illinois State baseball coach Steve Holm has announced a 10-player recruiting class that includes a familiar last name to Redbird faithful.
Lawrence, Kan., pitcher Jake Zenger, the son of former ISU director of athletics Sheahon Zenger, is part of the group that will join the Redbirds in the fall of 2020.
"Illinois State was at the top of Jake's list because he fell in love with the place as he grew up," Holm said. "Jake is a sidearm, right-handed pitcher who can be extremely tough on right-handed hitters."
Other pitchers headed to ISU are Riverside-Brookfield's Ryan Cermak, Reagan Klawitter of Verona, Wis., Trey Krause of Burlington, Wis., Erik Kubiatowicz of Oakdale, Minn., and Will Roguske of Belgrade, Minn.
Holm said Cermak, who also plays shortstop, "recently hit as high as 93 mph on the mound and his offense has made a similar jump. He will have a chance to impact us on both sides of the ball as a freshman."
Klawitter and Krause are lefties with sharp breaking balls, according to Holm.
Kubiatowicz is a right-hander who can reach the low 90s. Roguske, who also catches, tops out at 91 mph with a plus change up, said Holm.
Hitters bound for ISU are catcher Damon Maynard of Greenwood, Ind., outfielder Tanner Peterson of Salem, Wis., catcher-infielder Micah Yonamine of Honolulu and utility player Nolan Young of Marion, Ind.
"Damon immediately caught our eye with his arm strength," Holm said. "We felt that Nolan has a chance to help us in the infield right away."
Peterson will join his brother, Gunner, on the Redbird roster. "Tanner is a left-handed hitter who has a chance to step in and have an impact as a freshman," said Holm.
The ISU coach believes Yonamine's power bat gives him "a chance to have him play immediately, and we can't wait for him to get here."